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    Girls Lose Two in Nebraska

    The St. Francis High School volleyball teams traveled to Benkelman, Nebraska, on Tuesday, September 22, to play the Dundy County - Stratton Lady Tigers and the Chase County Lady Longhorns. The Lady Indians suffered two varsity losses against good teams from the bordering state. St. Francis was defeated by Dundy County - Stratton in the first varsity match 13-25, 23-25. Chase County handed the Lady Indians a 12-25, 10-25 loss.

    In junior varsity action, St. Francis played very well and defeated Dundy County - Stratton 25-17, 24-26, 15-8 and fell just short in their competition with Chase County, 25-22, 25-17.

    In varsity action against Dundy County - Stratton (DCS), the Lady Indians tied the game at 2-all on a kill by Hanna Bracelin and a hitting error by DCS. The Lady Tigers then scored 4 unanswered points before missing a serve. Another four-point run triggered a St. Francis time-out at 3-10, but the Lady Tigers increased the margin to 3-12 before an attack error halted the outburst. The Lady Indians began to play a bit better in the latter portion of the game, and the eight-point deficit was maintained until the score reached 12-20. During the mid-game volleys, Lauren Johnson served an ace, and Bracelin, Jessica Confer, Zoe Sundstrom, and Madi Tice all scored kills. The score advanced to 12-21 on an aggressive kill by DCS's Aubrey Frederick. St. Francis answered with a dump-set by Lauren Johnson, but the Lady Tigers scored four consecutive points, including two kills and an ace, to close the game at 13-25.

    Game two was much closer. Each team owned four-point leads during the contest, and each team had runs of three or more points four times each. St. Francis led 3-0 early in the contest. A tip-kill and strong serve by Zoe Sundstrom moved the score to 6-3. DCS eventually tied the contest at 7-all on a stuff block. A dump-set by Lauren Johnson gave the Lady Indians a two-point advantage (10-8), but soon an extended volley ended with an over-pass kill by the Lady Tigers to re-tie the game at 10. Lindsey Johnson's kill put St. Francis in front, and a few miscues by the Lady Tigers widened the margin to 14-10. Consecutive powerful spikes by Aubrey Frederick moved DCS within one (16-15) before the Lady Tigers missed a serve. Unfortunately, the Lady Indians missed their serve also, and soon DCS took a 23-18 lead on a St. Francis hitting error, a no-play, a stuff, and two ace serves. A stuff-block by Jessica Confer stopped the run. St. Francis pulled within two (22-24) on a ace by Bracelin, but the Lady Indians could never recover and lost game two 23-25.

    Chase County (CC) proved to be fundamentally sound as usual, rarely making an error and exhibiting excellent passing, setting, and attack skills. The Lady Longhorns jumped out to a quick 2-8 lead, but a nice kill by Katie Schmid stopped the CC five-point run. Another run of five points moved the score to 5-12. Two more CC runs of three and four points moved the scoreboard to 9-19. St. Francis lost game one 12-25.

    In game two, the Lady Indians led 4-1 capitalizing on a kill by Lauren Johnson and an ace by Hanna Bracelin. After Bracelin's missed serve, the Lady Longhorns reeled off a 17-1 scoring run to lead 5-18 before the run ended on an off-the-block kill by Emileigh Dinkel. St. Francis lost game two 10-25. 

    The Lady Indians will play Cheylin and Decatur Community in Bird City on Tuesday, September 27.  Matches begin at 4:30 p.m.

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  • Activity Updates

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    Thursday, Septmeber 29, 2016 - JH FB & VB @ Sharon Springs

    The junior high football and volleyball teams will travel to Sharon Springs on Thursday, September 22, 2016, to play the Wallace County Wildcats. The football game kicks-off at 4:30 p.m. Volleyball starts at 4:30 p.m also and will be played in the following order:  B, A, and C.


    Thursday, September 29, 2016 - HS VB in Hoxie

    The high school volleyball teams will play Hoxie and Dighton in Hoxie on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Matches begin at 4:30 p.m. in two gymnasiums. The varsity matches will be played in the Hoxie High School Gym while the junior varstiy matches are played in the Hoxie Grade School Gym. Schedule of matches in both gyms is: Hoxie vs St. Francis, Dighton vs St. Francis, Hoxie vs Dighton.


    Saturday, October 1, 2016 - HS VB at Oberlin

    The high school volleyball teams will play in the Oberlin Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Matches begin at 9:00 a.m. See featured article for more information.


    Monday, October 10, 2016 - JV Football vs Rawlins County

    The PRINTED school calendar has an error on October 10. The football game is listed as a junior high game, but it should be listed as a junior VARSITY game.

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    St. Francis Indians Ring Hill City’s Necks by Halftime

    St. Francis Indians defeated Hill City by halftime at the homecoming game, 66-18.


    At the game, the Indians broke a state completion record for eight-man football. St. Francis Assistant Coach Nick O’Loughlin said, 17 out of 18 passes were completed in the game, which meant the completion rate was 94.4%. O’Loughlin said the old record goes back to 1989, with a completion pass rate of 91.7%.


    “I think it is a paradigm shift in culture and philosophy at Saint Francis high school. It wouldn’t have happened without the players we have and the ability to accept transformation,” said Indians Head Football Coach Rodney Yates.


    Madison Tice, St. Francis junior, said she was excited to witness a state record getting broken by the Indians.


    The Indians offense rushed 188 yards and passed 429 yards. The Saint Francis defense held Hill City to only 79 yards.


    Keanu Bussell, St. Francis senior, said cheering the team on and playing at the kickoff was the most exciting part of the game for him. "It was homecoming and we knew we needed to win big. We just played hard, did what we came to do, and went home with a big W. It's always nice to end early and have all our hard work paid off.”


    Reagan Beims said the most exciting part of the game was when everyone knew the game would be over at halftime. “Because we could start the bonfire early and hang out with friends,” she said.


    A tradition at Saint Francis is for the football players to let the girls they ask to homecoming wear their jersey all day and at the game. Reagan Beims, St. Francis sophomore, said she really enjoys this tradition.


    “When we wear the football team’s jersey it’s not just a number on our cheeks, but something more special,” said Beims. “I wish we could wear them for every game.”


    For the next varsity football game, the Indians will take on the Oberlin Red Devils at home on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

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    Homecoming Activities Enjoyed

    Homecoming Week was celebrated during the week of September 12-17. Each day of the week was designated with a homecoming theme. Monday was "America Monday." Tuesday was designated as "Tourist Day." Wednesday was "Hero and Villain Day." Thursday was "Dress for Success Day" and Friday was "Green-Out Day." Students enjoyed dressing up for the various themes throughout the week.

    On Monday, evening the seniors "painted the streets" observing a long-standing Homecoming tradition in St. Francis.

    A Homecoming Parade was held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. with the Pep Assembly following the parade at the High School Gymnasium. Class skits and a variety of cheers and activities were enjoyed by all in attendance.

    The junior class held an enchilada feed from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. on Friday in the High School Cafeteria before the football game. Due to inclement weather, the Bonfire was not held on Thursday evening as planned. The Bonfire was held after the football game on Friday evening. The First National Bank-sponsored Ice Cream Social was also held.

    The 2016 king and queen were crowned at halftime of the football game. The 2016 homecoming queen was Jenna Confer (daughter of Steve and JeanAnn Confer) and the king was Taylor Rogers (son of Mike and Jo Rogers) 

    St. Francis defeated Hill City in the 2016 Homecoming football game 66-18. The game concluded at halftime due to the 45-point rule. The homecoming dance was held on Saturday evening from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. Music was provided by DJ Express.

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  • Teams to Compete in Oberlin Invitational

    The high school volleyball teams will be competing in the Oberlin Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, October 1, in Oberlin. The tournament will be played as a five-team round-robin tournament with two divisions--varsity and junior varsity. The tournament champion will be determined by the won/loss record of the the four games played. Ties will be broken by the criteria outlined in the KSHSAA volleyball manual.

    The tournament schedule is listed below. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Passes will not be accepted for admission.

    Decatur Community vs Rawlins County 1 Norton vs Rawlins County
    St. Francis vs Norton 2 St. Francis vs Decatur Community
    Hoxie vs Rawlins County 3 Norton vs Hoxie
    Norton vs Decatur Community 4 Decatur Community vs Rawlins County
    Hoxie vs St. Francis 5 St. Francis vs Hoxie
    Rawlins County vs Norton 6 Decatur Community vs Norton
    St, Francis vs Decatur Community 7 Rawlins County vs Hoxie
    Norton vs Hoxie 8 Norton vs St. Francis
    Rawlins County vs St. Francis 9 Rawlins County vs St. Francis
    Decatur Community vs Hoxie 10 Decatur Community vs Hoxie


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St. Francis 100 College Street St. Francis, KS  67756

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